Welcome to Our Church Website
Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park, and other supporters too numerous to mention.

We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19.  We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies.  We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.

If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.

Easter Service Down by The River
After missing 2020 due to the COVID Pandemic, Riverview UMC reinitiated our annual Easter Sonrise Service down by the Alafia River, behind our parsonage. We had 97 attendees, about twice the number we expected, and we were all so grateful to see so many of our members who have long been absent. The weather was perfect (although it could have been a little warmer), and we so glad to see children and their parents at church again.

Easter Lilies at the Service
A dozen Easter Lilies were brought down the river as part of our Sonrise Service. These flowers were purchased in honor or in memory of friends and family, as well as in celebration that Our Savior, Jesus, has risen indeed!

  • Shirley Brosch gave flowers in honor and in memory of James Hawk.
  • Pat Sinda gave a flower in honor of the Resurrection.
  • Connie Mosley gave flowers in honor of her many grandchildren and her family, and in memory of her mother Ellie Bratcher Mahoney.
  • Diana and Steve Williams gave flowers in memory of Alice Lanker Schutt and Lillian Fruchy Mauss.
  • Bud Anderson gave a flower in memory of his wife Peggy Anderson.
  • Joyce Schuetz gave flowers in memory of her brothers.
  • Sharon Cayce gave a flower in memory of Owen Johnson.
  • Albert Cayce gave a flower in memory of Maxine Cayce.
  • Taycia and Vean-Ann Chambers gave flowers in memory of Marjorie Chambers and Patricia Allen.

John Nelson Memorial Service
All are welcome to come and join John A. Nelson’s Celebration of Life Service to be held on Friday, April 16th at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary. Sadly, John passed away on Christmas morning, 2020. He was an integral part of our congregation, and he dedicated his time to many different church causes and plans. He was a friend of RUMC and is still greatly missed. Due to COVID concerns, there will be no reception following the service.

Our “Virtual Church” Continues
If you still don’t feel confident is these days of pandemic, we are currently Live Streaming our 10:30 AM Sunday worship service every week. You can see worship as it is actually happening by connecting to our YouTube Channel "RUMC Live".

We continue to gather virtually using the ZOOM application on our computers or smart phones. We are using ZOOM to conduct many of our scheduled leadership meetings, and a weekly Wednesday Evening Bible Study on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

On the website, as always, you will also see a link that will allow you to send in your tithes and offerings electronically; if you prefer to send your tithes and offerings by mail, please send them to:

Riverview First United Methodist Church
8002 U. S. Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578

Remember–God loves you, and so do we!

Pastor Louis Telcy
Care Committee
Worship Committee
Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

If you a first time online​ giver, this link provides instructions that you might find helpful.








Rev. Louis Telcy, Pastor

Here at RUMC, it is our mission to win people to Jesus Christ; to train believers to become growing disciples; and, to send disciples to impact our community and world for Jesus Christ.

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Bible Passage of the Week
The Walk to Emmaus

On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him.

He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast.

The one named Cleopas replied, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things that have taken place there over the last few days?”

He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets.

When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” 

So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”

Luke 24:13-32 (CEB)

Meetings and Events Ahead:
​Tuesday, Apr. 13--Finance Committee meets via Zoom.
Friday, Apr. 16--John Nelson Celebration of Life, Sanctuary, 2:00 PM